A companion to cognitive science by William Bechtel, George Graham

By William Bechtel, George Graham

Unrivaled within the caliber of its world-renowned individuals, this multidisciplinary spouse serves as either a path textual content and a reference ebook around the huge spectrum of problems with situation to cognitive technology.

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McDonnell Foundation, St Louis Randy L. Buckner, Department of Psychology, Washington University in St Louis Alison L. Chasteen, Department of Psychology, Washington University in St Louis Andy Clark, Philosophy Neuroscience Psychology Program and Department of Philosophy, Washington University in St Louis Austen Clark, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut Peter Dayan, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Terrence W. Deacon, Department of Anthropology, Boston University Kevin Dunbar, Department of Psychology, McGill University Jeffrey L.

It is meant to provide a coherent view of a broad scientific terrain, offering different points of entry for different sorts of readers to aspects of cognitive science. How to Read This Book The Companion's six parts serve distinct if related purposes. They are assembled so that they may be read independently of one another. They contain, in effect, self-contained essays on a variety of topics in cognitive science, arranged alphabetically by topic and with frequent cross-references. Thus someone who wants to learn about connectionism, Page xvi artificial life, and dynamical systems can read chapter 38 in Part IV (Stances) as a self-enclosed account of those topics.

We dedicate the book to Adele for her assistance and to George's wife, Patricia, for her encouragement and support over the several years of composition and construction. 4 Rediscovering Function: Cognitive Linguistics 89 4 Coming of Age: Downwards and Outwards 90 5 References and Recommended Reading 98 Preliminaries Let's begin prematurely. Let's try to characterize cognitive science: Cognitive science is the multidisciplinary scientific study of cognition and its role in intelligent agency. It examines what cognition is, what it does, and how it works.

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